Focus On; Dennis Rofe

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Dennis Rofe (born 1 June 1950, in Epping, Essex, United Kingdom) is a former professional football player, who spent most of his playing career with Leicester City before spending many years in various coaching capacities at Southampton.

Rofe attended Whitechapel Secondary School, together with Terry Brisley, who later played alongside him at Leyton Orient. He also represented East London Schools.

He started his career at Leyton Orient, originally as an associate schoolboy in March 1964, turning professional in February 1968.

He was a fast, tough-tackling left-back who starred in Orient’s 1969–70 Third Division title triumph. He was ever-present in 1970–71 and a key figure in Orient’s 1971–72 FA Cup run. He netted six goals in 172 League appearances for Orient before following Jimmy Bloomfield to Leicester City for £112,000 in August 1972, which made him the most expensive full-back in British football at that time.

Rofe was signed by Bloomfield to fill the left back position after David Nish had been sold to Derby County for a record fee of £225,000. Rofe was an attacking full back with great pace and he made an instant impact in the Leicester City team. He remained faithful to Leicester after Bloomfield left the club in 1977, but was surprisingly sold to Second Division Chelsea, in February 1980, shortly before Leicester won promotion back to the First Division.

Rofe made his England U.23 debut as a City player in 1973. In his eight seasons at Leicester he played 290 league games for the club and scored six goals.


  • Full Name: Dennis Rofe
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of Birth: 01.06.1950
  • Birthplace: Epping
  • Nation: England
  • Club Career: Leicester City
    • Period: 1972-1980
    • League Games, 290
    • League Goals, 5
    • Previous Club: Leyton Orient
      • Transfer Fee: £112 000
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